August 29, 2018 Articles

Your First Filing as a Litigation Associate

Litigation associates may face a steep learning curve, especially in terms of their first filing.

By Bethany Gullman and Ann Prouty

Litigation associates may face a steep learning curve, especially in terms of their first filing. Often, law school does very little to teach the specifics of actually filing a brief or other document with the court. And after the brief has been drafted, reviewed, cite checked, and proofed, you might only have an hour or two to file by the deadline. This article presents a list of items to think about a few days before the filing will actually take place to prepare you for the questions that partners may ask in the final few harrowing minutes before you hit the “submit” button. This is not an exhaustive list, but thinking about these issues in advance will have you well on your way to a smooth filing.

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